What I liked about this novel was how the story alternated between Carmel and her mother, Beth. Eight-year-old Carmel is abducted by a man who tells her he is her grandfather and that her mother has been in an accident. Therefore, he must bring her home with him while her mother recovers. Of course, this story shortly begins to unravel, and even an eight-year-old can poke holes in it.
In order to make money from Carmel’s perceived “holy” power, her Granddad spirits her away to the United States where he, his common-law wife and her two daughters make a living preaching. At the same time, Beth blames herself for Carmel’s disappearance, and suffers from mental health issues.
I thought that the alternating chapters really gave a good description of the complicated love a mother has for her child, and the complicated love a child has for her mother. I highly recommend this novel. Well done, Hamer!